Back by popular demand!
Now in 1:64 scale! Thanks for all the responses, truly my favorite part of LaLD! I finally got a decent print, but it took several tries. Here are the results I had mentioned last week:
The main print settings allow control of layer thickness and density. As I mentioned before, it’s definitely a cost/quality thing but with more practice hopefully I’ll get a solid method established.
First print was OK to be honest, but I had the lowest settings so I had low expectations. I think the printer/filament had some gunk in it, or it was burning and creating the discoloration. The second print was cranked up to 11 to capture more detail and looked great until an odd hole formed on the roof. It can probably be salvaged, but I decided to try again. Third time’s the charm!
I increased the density as I thought would help with the holes. For the scale, I think this is about as good as my printer can manage. It’s a delicate balance of adding detail that can be printed without making it fail. For example, the rear spoiler is so thin that it didn’t even come out at 1:24 scale, so at 1:64 scale it will attempt it in splotches and I think that might be what made the gunk on the back of my first print.
One of the best ways to ensure a quality print is what I would call “self-supported” shapes. The printer moves up as it goes, so features like fenders, bumpers, etc. require support material. It can be easily removed, but increases print time and wastes material.
Back to the cars, here are two of Block’s best:
The wheels mocked up here are from another 1:64 scale print, but I’m holding out for some small gold 5SP like on the blue Escort. If anyone knows another model that I might feel less bad about scrapping, please let me know. Of course I could also make an ORAT Escort...
As for the other responses about various 3D models, I haven’t been able to format them into an appropriate .stl yet, but I will hopefully have an update next week!